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is election day, and campaigning and elections make for uncompromising mind is that you stand on your principles and mobilize the base and to roll in and endless amounts of money. the 24/7 news cycle covers politics if it is a race and the horses are on steroids and it is all the money coming in on the campaign, so what we mean by the uncompromised mind set is a mindset that is geared towards elections and not towards governing. >> president gutmann, you write that you and your co-author dennis johnson as we observe the changing scene in american politics we came to believe the general problem could be addressed by concentrating on a particular institution the united states congress. why is that? >> well, if you want to see the problem with the uncompromised might set look no further than the congress, the 112 congress in washington. gridlock nothing gets passed. the least legislation in the last 50 years, and why? because everybody is campaigning all the time. there is very little relationship across the aisle, and we went out to the brink of the debt ceiling crisis before compromise
elected to not do things as opposed to do things? >> i refer to the tea party class of the congress, they believe they will do precisely what they were elected to do, which is to roll back all obama initiatives and cut spending a lot of them thought that the debt ceiling should not be increased. basically they believe that their job is to obstruct barack obama and then once there is a republican president in place, to have a better business climate with more deregulation or the funding of programs that have never quite been near and dear to them. yes, i think they do believe that. flashing forward a little bit, we have that fiasco of 2011. when we were taken to the brink of a fiscal cliff what we were about to see again, the thinking on the part of the house republicans leadership was maybe our tea party question will realize that compromise is not such a bad thing. the opposite occurred. they went home and the people tend to be the activists of their party and those people tend to be the tea party and they were the ones screaming and asking why did you accept a deal? there have bee
than two months left before the election and in many ways this was the time this book was designed for because it's winter these last two months, this is when the election really gets going and to me, one of the great untold stories is not just obama versus romney. it's obama versus karl rove. he is in behind-the-scenes the whole time and he has put together over $1 billion that will be spent in these last two months and we in new york are not going to see much of it. it will be spent in the battleground states. and he has becomes the king of the super pacs. when you put together his money with the money that romney has raised and the republican national committee has a total of about $1.8 billion. to put that in perspective and no eight, mccain had $375 million to spend so this is a factor of five and you will start seeing it coming out now. and the other thing i wanted to discuss about him is who is he really and what does he do? yes a political operative. how does he operate? what does he really do? i talked to a couple of sources about that and one who is one of several who has
of -- by december 2011, there was a number of elections in iraq which was to the good, but iraq had not fully become a democracy in the sense there was not a peaceful transfer of power from the current regime led to another prime minister. that's a true test of a democracy is whether there's not merely an election, and russia has elections, i serve there, but whether there's an election, another candidate wins, and power is handed over to that candidate. iraq is in the at that milestone yet. what we had in december 2011 was a relatively stable iraq, a lot of hopes, but, i think, unfortunately, the situation in iraq has deteriorated politically over the past year, and, also, iraq has been less aligned with american interests and more aligned with actually iranian interests in as far as the serian conflict is concerned. >> host: phone lines open now so feel free. democrats 202-585-3880, and independents, 202-585-3882. let us know if you received in iraq as well, and your thoughts on what's happening now. phone lines open. i want to go back to the political situation in iraq. talk about prime minister
practices at the time until late into the 20th century, and so they not only falsified the elections that followed, that proceeded independence. they falsified even the senseless. now, this was in custody, if you check the notes of the so-called home office which is where the colonies of the british are administered, they look for the book of harold smith, a civil servant in nigeria at the time. he got into trouble because he did not want to carry out orders. he was ordered to participate in the falsification of sensors, but falsification of the first elections. in short, the bar was handed over to what they considered the backward north, the feudal north. very suspect because they were radicalized by western ideas, british uncomfortable with that so they left power in the hands of the north. that political dishonesty led to a long story, cutting it short, but led eventually to the very first military cue in nigeria which was staged by -- led by certain southerners from the eastern part. there was a reprisal, and then a series of massacres, civilian massacres which led eventually to
davis ever when an actual election? >> he was a senator. wesson elections were -- and he was nominated in a constitutional convention as a moderate in montgomery alabama in february of 1861. i don't think he ever did stand for election. one of the things americans think, one of the things they're told, the confederate constitution was a replica of the u.s. constitution, but it was not. a number of crucial changes, and one of them was they had a one-term executive, and i believe it was 5-year executive term. he avoided reelection. >> professor mccurry, did -- was there a lot of political infighting during the war? >> yes. there was. and there were no for more -- for all political parties. one of the things that is interesting is that it so quickly became on the ropes that a lot of things that were planned never really materialized. and there was political opposition, but it was theoretically everybody was a democrat. there was no republican party. no republican party ticket offered in the south. you could not vote for lincoln. but there were all lined with the southern wing of the democ
was indistinct, and even as late as the election of 1860, although lincoln, i think, very powerfulfully and the republican party tried to make a case for -- i think it's more of a political construction and a reflection of the reality. >> host: we talk a lot today about red states and blue states. but there are a lot of conservatives in california and a lot of liberals in texas. >> guest: absolutely. >> host: was it the same with slavery? was there a lot of sympathy towards the institution of slavery? >> guest: more to the point, the democratic party was probably -- up to the election of 1860, during the period of popular elections for national office -- was the majority party in the united states. and it washat was devoted to what we might call state rights, and local control. and they put together a coalition that included slaveholders in the south and a hole variety of people in the north, including urban laborers who were pushing back against the centralization of power. think what is true is state right sentiment was widespread. some sympathy for secessionism was sufficiently wides
, by december of 2011, they're had been a number of elections in iraq, which is to the good, but iraq hadn't fully become a democracy in the sense that it hadn't been a peaceful transfer of power from the current regime led by maliki to another pamela starr. i think that is a true test of democracy is whether there isn't an election and russia has elections as i served there there's another candidate wins and power is handed over to that candidate. iraq hasn't set that milestone yet. so, what we had in december of 2011 was a relatively stable iraq, a lot of hopes, but i think unfortunately the situation in iraq was deteriorated politically over the last year and also iraq has been less aligned with american interests in that more aligned with the irony interest in so far as the search conflict is concerned. >> host: we are taking your calls and questions in this segment, so feel free. the phone lines are open now. republicans, 202-737-0002, democrats, 585-8882. if you served in iraq we want to have your thoughts on what's happening now. phone lines are open. we want to go back to the polit
know, you get elected officials you deserve, and i know this. i'm a politician. they respond to pressure, and they respond to incentives, and unless -- we always push the attention to washington or to trenton, albany, or city hall, but we can organize. we have the power to exercise pressure, demands, influence on our elected officials. so we have to get much more active if we're going to have a society that is going to respond to this enduring problem. the rate of child poverty in the united states of america, we should be ashamed a nation this strong has child poverty, and the kids in poverty don't have the access to success, good education, nutritionally fit to learn, material ready to learn, and that's the lie or that's the incompleteness that we have to address. that when kids stand up in certain neighborhoods and kids stand up in more affluent neighborhoods and say those words, liberty and justice for all, when they pledge allegiance to the flag, the phrase, accomplish justice for all,shoo be a demand, compelling as separation, and should be a conscious conviction to mak
. that came before my book came out, the election day, but i was worried. and he said don't worry. he said everybody knows that my father had an affair with gloria swanson and i know my father was an anti-semite. and whatever you find enright is going to be sure to the man that i know and love and what is out there. and i said, okay. i want full access to everything. the family and the documents and everything that is stored at the kennedy library in boston that has been closed to researchers in washington. we will see the book when it was between hardcover and not before. and i won't be coming back to you for permission and whatever i find, i will use in the book. he said, okay. then it took 18 months to get all this in writing. and i was off and running. i found the more remarkable story and i imagine i would find. the story of a man who moves back and forth being outside and inside. i found the third-generation immigrant who cared little about the country that his grandparents had been born in and who no desire to visit ireland or read about it and considered himself 100% american and c
credit quality. well, we have an election two weeks from today, and american voters have a clear choice. are they going to vote for greater government support for such assistance? or are they going to let the private sector manage on its own? and i think there's an indicator of the right way to go, all we have to do is look at north dakota. north dakota where the unemployment rate is 3%, because of all the hydrofracking of oil and natural gas that is going on, on privately held land. every state wants to be like north dakota. and it's interesting that mitt romney would dissolve the decision as to whether to explore on land or not to the individual state, he let each individual state decide. so virginia, for example, the one to look for oil off its coast would be allowed to do so. that was revoked by the obama administration even though it was granted by the bush administration previously. alaska wants to do more oil exploration. everybody wants to get sources of energy in their state. so not going to be able to get the job of getting it out go but also to attract chemical manufacturing
for the rival particularly the base through the elections for the transition where it comes into play the buchanan cabinet telling them what is going on in the buchanan cabinets through the inauguration through the famous april 1st memo where he essentially tells lincoln he will take charge of things if lincoln can't, and finally through his decision to reinforce against the advisers of the cabinet. the decision that begins the process of the mastery of this extraordinary tumultuous cabinets that serves the focal point of my story called abraham lincoln's white house. through the narrative of defense i have a comparative look at both of the inner and outer lives of this extraordinary group of figures, combing through their family papers, their letters, their official records, and what a great luxury it is the root so often to their families for the children they wrote these passages at night in their diary how they have time to do so after worrying about the civil war during the day still remains a mystery to me but life is less distracted in those days. and i am hoping this competiti
. in 1824 jackson beats john quincy adams in the election. he was the popular vote, but the electoral college flips and he loses the popular vote. i'm sleeping in palm the -- on speaking in palm beach county, so you all know a lot about these scenarios. he comes back in four years in 1828 and beats john quincy adams. in 1828, is merely the second nastiest election american history. of course, this current one being the nastiest. all the negative ads in such. there is no love lost between jackson and john quincy adams. jackson's supporters don't call john quincy adams are excellently -- your excellency. they call him their fraudulent seat. so it's this huge scandal. to the point where rachael becomes increasingly religious with every passing year. health diminishes to the point where now all these scandals about her are really affecting her mental-health and a physical off. she is hoping and praying that jackson doesn't win, the she does not to go to the white house so that her scandal becomes a national story and not just -- she's helping, writing letters. as a water has been to win,
. here he began promoting himself as a presidential candidate, looking to the election in 1940. the president did encourage him and he leased a farm in iowa a coors, but his hopes were dashed when hundreds of newspapers began reporting the story of a comments he allegedly made to a friend at the racetrack, which did not put the administration and the good life. the comment attributed to him was we shall tax and tax, spend and spend and elect any left. whether true or not, of course he denied it come is stuck with him the rest of his slaves and became a rallying cry for those who heeded this about in new deal. and if that wasn't enough, if cameron 1839, when moore broke in europe, harry found himself back at the mayo clinic and the doctors had ruled out a recurrence of cancer, but they couldn't figure out why he was unable to solar nature since. said they came up with a dog's breakfast of intravenous feeding, the transfusions, injections of liver extract, a combination which he had mr. t. had off and on for the rest of his life and sometimes it works and sometimes it didn't. but
iraq should normalize elections with israel for which sentiments face attempts to give him presents in an iraqi court. he did not however manage to stop the extremists who have tracked his sons and killed his two sons for his retaliation for visiting israel. he ran for parliament in one of seidin 2005 but i remember meeting with him in his living room in baghdad in 2000 where he was showing the fact that he had little money to run for re-election and little money with like-minded candidates where all the radical extremists in iraq were receiving copious funds from the quds force from the iranians and he said the iranians called him up and said how would he like $5 million or a similar amount? yes said no thank you, i'm opposed to what you stand for but there were few people in iraq that would turn down a offer like that from whatever source. would happen in iraq was the iranians basically had free run to assert their influence and we did very little to stop them, especially so in 2010. i was just talking about this with them its guy who was one of the great experts in iraq in the wo
. he already, by the age of 17, is planning to be elected attorney general of arkansas, then governor of arkansas and then president of the united states. this is something which everyone who knows him knows about, because he talks about it all the time. he does not go to the university of arkansas, he goes to georgetown. and from georgetown he becomes the arkansas candidate for the rhodes fellowship and goes to oxford. he is an incredible success
, looking to the election in 1940. the president gave encouraging and at least a farm in iowa, of course. but his hopes were dashed in hundreds of newspapers began reporting the story about a comment that he allegedly made to a friend at the racetrack, which did not put the administration in a good light, a comment attributed to him was, we shall tax and tax, spend and spend. whether true or not of course he denied it. it stuck with him for the rest of his life, and it became a rallying cry for those who hated the roosevelt and the new deal. and if that wasn't enough, in september 1939 when the war broke out in europe, harry found himself back at the mayo clinic. and the doctors had ruled out recovering cancer but they couldn't figure out why he was unable to absorb nutrients. so they came up with intravenous feedings, blood transfusions, injection of liver extract, a combination which he had administered to him off and on for the rest of his life. and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. but for the rest of his life, he was unable to gain weight. his digestive system, i'll leave
taken place in terms of going from a nonelected representation and articulation of goals to an elected, an elected -- a transitional government and then an elected government both on the national and the local levels. and that's -- you don't see that elsewhere. at least not in as striking a fashion. in the rest of the book, i talk quite a bit about the personality of gadhafi and what motivated him. many people argue that the personalities of of the dictators themselves don't matter. in the case of libya, i don't think that's quite true. gadhafi was a mercurial, i believe a quite intelligent person who had certain fixations and -- [laughter] i'll try to be diplomatic here because i'm -- [laughter] but there's a lot of strangeness there which motivated his behavior in ways which i think or were so bizarre or that many of the people who are looking at this from the u.s. policy side really -- it's not in a way they were accustomed to thinking about things. and that poalzed problems when you -- posed problems when you try to anticipate what he was going to do or respond to him. for example,
. gore. the going out of the 2000 election with the voter suppression. talk about voter suppression. the commission hasn't ever been the same since that time. he reagan in a sense succeed in making it a body that couldn't listen to ordinary people or that wouldn't listen to ordinary people. and was not independent and they kept trying -- the commissioners appointed felt they should endorse whatever the administration said. i said if you're going to do that, they have cabinet officers and political appointee other the government to do that. your job is to monitor them and to tell the public what they're doing. and to make suggestions for how things should be improved. right now in the most recent election, all the voters suppression activity that took place all across the country and the big debate about it, the civil rights commission should have been at the center of the debate based on the history, experience with voting, and voting rights suppression and making recommendations. it was nowhere to be seen. and so what it is done is subverted the mission it was supposed to have. an
the middle class. i just don't see any social policies on the horizon. the election is over, we've heard everything that the candidates had to say. not one said anything intelligent about this is how you rebuild the american middle class. so little tiny book, not all that thick. tells three stories; what doesn't work and why it doesn't work, what does work and why it does work, what could work and how to make it work. >> host: professor gelles, do you come at this from a liberal or a conservative point of view? you mentioned fox news. >> guest: practical. i've worked in policy in washington. i've been a dean of a school of social policy, and i find that purple is my color. and i'm not particularly interested in taking an ideological point of view, i'm interested in results. and the danger of writing a book like this, and i've already discovered it, my extremely liberal friends wish i had never written the book, and my conservative friends wish i didn't want to spend this much of the government's money. if i can tick both sides off and be true to the data, then i've done the work i wanted
an election. face it. the reason people like barack obama is because he's cool. he beat a war hero, a community activist, an organizer, beat a war hero four years ago. how did that happen? because he was cool. it was cool to vote for him. the culture embraces fake coolness over real achievement. kids would rather play astronaut than actually be one. it's more interesting being famous than doing something. i will say this. i am -- there is a really big bright spot to president obama being re-lengthed. it is like tearing off a band-aid. if he lost, he would be back for another four years, and 45% more grayer making him more trustworthy. we're uncool. that's how we are. i look at the message. what is our message? we like to build things, making things is cool. what's wrong with that. we like to open stuff. that's good. competition, competition is often the liberal view that self-esteem is better. better to fuel self-esteem than competition. the highest self-esteem is found in prison. i think i made that stat up. [laughter] it's one of those things you roadway and repeat over and over
disastrous and terrible defeat by james k. polk in the election of 1844. a defeat which he never expected and, frankly, did not believe. and the defeat was probably caused by the fact that he was opposed to the war. unfortunately, henry clay not only have suffered through the defeat at his namesake and favorite son henry clay junior, like john j. hardin although he was awake, volunteered to lead troops into mexico. so junior becomes a leader, a kentucky troops, takes them down to mexico and he is killed at the battle of buena vista just like john j. hardin is. so henry clay has to face the death of his son in this war he did not believe in, and after his son's death, he becomes very religious. he gets baptized and he decides to make a speech opposing the war that helps to bring the war to a close. and clay's speech which is hugely important because reporters traveled over 100 miles to hear it, and the newly invented telegraph meant that within a couple days of the speech being uttered by him it was reported around the country. clay's speech really touched on all of those for a opposing the wa
fire he was elected a delegate under william c. cox. a volunteer fire company he helped organize a year earlier. february 1863, he replaced the foreman. sawyer and every byway in san francisco, every steep hill, and twisting road. had to stall, wants a strong bloodthirsty vigilante had lived with his family on the top floor of the montgomery block. since the building was erected over a decade earlier. before that you have the baths across the way. he was living here when james king, the self-righteous muckraking editor of the daily evening bulletin was gunned down out front. the shooter was james casey, a former volunteer fireman with a criminal past in the tombs of new york. king brought inside to die was laid out on ed stahle's counter. his huge head, heavy from so much brain, wolf to one side as he walked. as he lay dying, his head lay over the bursting table. when king died in room 297 of the montgomery block, every born vigilance committee alleged casey and set the city of flying. ed stahle still held strong opinions. he was figures opposed wind number of his patrons, especially th
they say the space beneath the hair is very. [laughter] service book ends with the actual election. this sends them, we've talked about by the republicans lost. and i actually wrote a poem about that, which was called republican soul-searching. were searching our souls and where one during why they got be so bad the arrivals are quitting. it's obvious now where campaign went wrong. we should have prevented my people from voting. last back and there was one. but the problem was that as romney tried to move towards the center, which is traditional in american politics, that you appeal to the base of the party in the primary and he did try to move center. in the second debate i wrote a poem about the second debate called romney beats his swords into plowshares and in the third debate, when he moved still further, he said romney beats his plowshares into feathered esters. [laughter] one of the series was while he did that, some people in the party were preaching things that most americans didn't believe in. todd akin, for instance. i did a palm called the female reproduction system, a
or documentary. next year will have municipal elections. it will be 20 years since he stepped down. so that's sort of a good time to pitch to people to get money to do it. maybe someday. >> good, good. as for the music stuff, it's partly why i had to leave detroit to actually write the book because part of me wanted to read every book about detroit. i could've done a whole book about the music, a whole book about coleman young. so sorry to disappoint you, there's not that much music in the boat. there's a little bit about detroit techno music because i ended up living on this block where they basically invented techno music, so that was another story has stumbled onto. i talked to older guys around, talked the last surviving people , but i do a lot of music writing for "rolling stone" and i just wanted to do something different with this one. >> is there a single character in your book does more inspirational than any other? [inaudible] more inspirational than any other. that's a good question. i thought the firefighters that i spent time with in highland park -- i spent time with these fir
in the 1950's and without a conservative movement no presidential candidate barry goldwater 1964 or president-elect reagan in 1980. "witness" is an essential work and may have been in the state more anti-communist than any other book including reagan who could quote from memory the first pages of the forward for many years afterwards. libertarian columnist chamberlain and the prince of darkness commentator novak. whittaker chambers was one of the great men of our time wrote the conservative publisher al regnery because of his see enormous talent as a writer. steadfast courage in the face of the campaign, his witness to god's grace and the fortified power. whittaker chambers placed every conceivable taste conservative in his debt for all time. thank you very much. [applause] >> we'll ask our panelists to speak from sitting down. professor john lewis gaddis. >> thank you to the organizers. it is safe to say of professors have a certain guilty speakers that was forced to confess for the first time although i have been teaching covert history and where of the importance of the book we are talking about
to back off and tell a joke. after he won the election, wendell willkie, who he beat, was in his office, and they remained friends. and willkie said to the president why do you keep that man so close to you? that man being hopkins. um, willkie did not like hopkins. and roosevelt said, you know, you may be in this office someday, and you'll understand. but he asks for nothing except to serve me. >> trusted adviser, friend and confidant to fdr, harry hopkins lived in the roosevelt white house for thr a
election years. i hope it doesn't stop. >> that's backlog is actually only 50 years old because we never acknowledged that for vietnam. and the loss has been not just exponential but incredible. what we should have learned from the veterans of vietnam or what the veterans of vietnam told us, this is going to be bad ex-this whole thing in talking to veterans from that war, mostly because they're the ones i had access to. most 0 of o the world war ii veterans were no in my life. but they would ask, so how are you? how is the war with you? is what they were asking me. how are you, and i'd say, i'm fine. and that's not what they were asking. how is the war with you? and if i side aim fine, they said great, we'll give you 20 years. what do you mean? you know. it doesn't go anywhere. it's much like this book is about the childhood doesn't leave us. we cover it up with consequence and experience and time, but we carry it all, and that common trail that is us, our history, and so it's all there. when it chooses to reveal itself, when it chooses to find a way back to you, is the great unknown. th
elected to congress and he writes her letters from his first trip abroad, the letters are filled with all of these visions for this is what's going to happen when we come back. they had this wonderful nurse nursery. i checked out the ship, we can take trisha down there, we'll go see the sights of europe. so for years he actually promised to take her to europe. it didn't actually happen as a vacation until 1963. but he was still promising that it was going to happen. so does that answer your question? uh-huh? >> think we have time for just one more question. >> i'd just be curious to know a little bit about her family, born in nevada? what did their father do there? why did they move to california? what were his parents like, her mother's parents like? >> okay. now we're getting into a tricky area. so her father was the son of irish immigrants, and he had traveled around as an itinerant -- he had done a lot of different things. he had been on a merchant ship. he would kind of talk to her about his adventures. he had been a miner. her mother was a first generation german immigrant, and her
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